About General Education

The General Education Program of The University of Akron is the core of courses which provides the skills and knowledge considered essential for all graduates of the University. The General Education Program is designed to ensure, insofar as possible, that our graduates will possess:

  • The capacity for critical, independent thought

  • A personal sense of values, tempered by tolerance and a regard for the rights of others

  • The ability to use language effectively as a medium of both thought and expression

  • The analytical skills necessary to make sound qualitative and quantitative judgements

  • The ability to describe and explain differences in civilizations and cultures

  • An understanding of the conditions that affect them as individuals and as members of society

  • The capacity to evaluate intellectual and artistic achievements

  • A knowledge of science, technology and mathematics and their effects on human activities

  • A knowledge of positive mental and physical health practices

Recommended Core Curriculum

Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree must complete the General Education Program, which consists of 41 credits distributed among eight categories. Students are advised to select General Education courses in conjunction with courses needed for their major during their first few years of study. Students must complete their English, Mathematics, and Speech requirements during the first 48 credit hours. All students are responsible for meeting prerequisites for the necessary courses listed in the General Education Program. NOTE: Specific departmental requirements may vary, so students are encouraged to consult an advisor for specific information about selecting appropriate General Education courses from the recommended core curriculum.

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English Composition: 6 credits - 2 courses
Take one of the following three courses:
3300:111English Composition I3
3300:113African-American Language and Culture I: College Composition3
Take one of the following three courses:
2020:222Technical Report Writing3
3300:112English Composition II3
3300:114African-American Language and Culture II: College Composition3
Mathematics - 3 credits 
Students enrolling in a higher-level math course may use this course to meet their General Education requirement.Credits
2030:152,153Technical Mathematics II, III*4
*Must complete BOTH courses. Only 3 credits apply toward fulfilling General Education requirement.
2030:161Math for Modern Technology4
3450:135Excursions in Mathematics3
3450:145College Algebra4
3450:210Calculus with Business Applications3
3450:240Mathematical Foundations for Early Childhood Educations3
3470:250Statistics for Everyday Life4
3470:260Basic Statistics3
3470:261Introduction to Statistics I2
3470:262Introduction to Statistics II2
Natural Science: 8 credit minimum - At least two courses, each from a different set, one of which must be a lab 
Students in higher-level science courses with a lab may use those courses to meet their General Education requirements. Select one course each from a minimum of two different sets:Credits
3230:151Human Evolution/Lab4
2780:106Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health I3
2780:107Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health II3
3100:100Introduction to Botany/Lab4
3100:101Introduction to Zoology/Lab4
3100:103Natural Science Biology/Lab4
3100:108Introduction to Biological Aging (Wayne College only)3
2820:105Basic Chemistry/Lab3
2820:111Introduction to Chemistry3
2820:112Introductory and Analytical Chemistry3
3150:100Chemistry and Society3
3150:101Chemistry for Everyone/Lab4
Environmental Studies
3370:211Introduction to Environmental Science3
3370:100Earth Science3
3370:101Introduction to Physical Geology4
3370:102Introductory Historical Geology/Lab4
3370:103Natural Science Geology3
3370:121-141Concepts in Geology1
3370:171Introduction to Oceans3
3370:200Environmental Geology3
3370:201Exercises in Environmental Geology/Lab11
3370:203Exercises in Environmental Geology II/Lab1
2820:161Technical Physics: Mechanics I2
2820:162Technical Physics: Mechanics II2
2820:163Technical Physics: Electricity and Magnetism2
2820:164Technical Physics: Heat and Light2
3650:130Descriptive Astronomy/Lab4
3650:133Music, Sound and Physics/Lab4
Oral Communication: 3 credits
2540:263Professional Communications and Presentations3
7600:105Introduction to Public Speaking                       3
7600:106Effective Oral Communication3
Social Sciences: 6 credits
One course from two different sets for a minimum of 6 creditsCredits
Set 1 - Economics
2040:247Survey of Basic Economics                               3
3250:100Introduction to Economics3
3250:200Principles of Microeconomics3
3250:244Introduction to Economic Analysis3
Set 2 - Geography
3350:100Introduction to Geography3
Set 3 - Government/Politics
2040:242American Urban Society3
3700:100Government and Politics in the United States3
3700:150World Politics and Government3
Set 4 - Psychology
2040:240Human Relations3
3750:100Introduction to Psychology3
Set 5 - Sociology/Anthropology
2040:244/344Death and Dying2
3230:150Human Cultures3
3850:100Introduction to Sociology4
5100:150Democracy in Education3
Set 6 - United States History
3400:250U.S. History to 18774
3400:251U.S. History since 18774
Set 7 - Science/Technology/Society
2040:241Technology of Human Values2
2040:243Contemporary Global Issues3
3240:100Introduction to Archaeology3
3600:125Theory and Evidence3
Humanities: 10 credits - 3 courses
All students are required to complete:Credits
3400:210Humanities in the Western Tradition I4
3400:221History in the World Since 13004
Students must select one course from two different sets below for a minimum of six additional credits:
Set 1 - Fine Arts
7100:210Visual Arts Awareness                                                                   3
7500:201Exploring Music: Bach to Rock3
7800:301Introduction to Theatre through Film3
7900:200Viewing Dance3
Set 2 - Philosophy/Classics
3200:220Introduction to the Ancient World3
3200:230Sports and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome3
3200:289Mythology of Ancient Greece3
3600:101Introduction to Philosophy3
3600:120Introduction to Ethics3
3600:170Introduction to Logic3
Set 3 - Literature
3300:250Classic and Contemporary Literature3
3300:252Shakespeare and His World3
3300:281Fiction Appreciation3
Other literature in English translation:
3200:361Literature of Greece3
3580:350Literature of Spanish-America in Translation3
Set 4 - History/General Humanities
3400:210Humanities in the Western Tradition I4
3400:221History of the World Since 13004
Area Studies & Cultural Diversity: 4 credits - 2 courses
2040:254The Black Experience from 1619 to 1877                                        2
2040:256Diversity in American Society2
2040:257The Black Experience 1877 to 19542
2040:258The Black Experience 1954 to Present2
3001:200Introduction to Women's Studies3
3002:201Introduction to Pan African Studies3
3230:251Human Diversity3
3350:275Geography of Cultural Diversity2
3400:285World Civilization: China2
3400:286World Civilization: Japan2
3400:287World Civilization: SE Asia2
3400:288World Civilization: India2
3400:289World Civilization: Middle East2
3400:290World Civilization: Africa2
3400:291World Civilization: Latin America2
3501:210Arabic Culture Through Film2
3502:210Chinese Culture Through Film2
3560:210Japanese Culture Through Film2
7600:325Intercultural Communication3
Note: A student majoring in the College of Engineering is only required to take two credits from the Area Studies & Cultural Diversity area of General Education requirements.
Physical Education/Wellness: 1 credit
2740:122Emergency Responder I                                                 1
5550:100Introduction to Sports Studies3
5540:120-183,190Physical Education.5-1
5550:150Concepts of Health and Fitness3
5550:194Sports Officiating2
5550:211First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation2
5550:212First Aid & CPR -Prof. Rescuer2
5570:101Personal Health2
7760:133Nutrition Fundamentals3
7510:126Marching Band1
7900:119/120Modern Dance I/II2
7900:124/125Ballet I/II2
7900:130/230Jazz Dance I/II2
7900:144Tap Dance I/II2
Note: Dance Technique courses do not meet this requirement for dance majors.

# 7900:200 does not meet this requirement for dance majors or dance minors.